Finally, it ties the hands of regulators in other states, who could otherwise use data from these neglect cases to decide whether to issue licenses to prospective greyhound trainers.
This policy also makes West Virginia an outlier when it comes to dog-racing states.
In Florida, state reports of greyhound cruelty take the form of full investigative reports, the model for addressing greyhound neglect.
In Texas, Iowa, Arizona and Arkansas, judges' rulings include a narrative section with a detailed explanation of the incident.
When appropriate, supportive documents accompany the case file.
Only Alabama provides as little information as West Virginia.
Alabama has the least effective dog racing regulatory structure in the country, and is hardly an example to follow.
Amores defended the commission's policy of not fully documenting greyhound neglect by claiming it somehow speeds up the ruling process.
That is refuted, however, by the fact that the regulatory agency with the largest number of dog tracks, Florida, is also the jurisdiction that is most meticulous in documenting this problem.
Of course, hiding the facts about cases of greyhound neglect does serve a more nefarious purpose.
Whether the commission intends to or not, through this policy it is putting the interests of the private dog racing industry ahead of the public interest.
The agency is effectively playing hide and seek with this information, and sweeping data on greyhound abuse under the rug.
The commission should acknowledge that it is wrong about this policy, and begin fully reporting all cases of greyhound neglect and cruelty.
Theil is executive director of GREY2K USA, which favors stronger greyhound protection laws and an end to dog racing. For more information, go to www.GREY2KUSA.org.